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  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • September 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: You Can't Predict the Future—but You Can Be Ready for It

    In this issue, Mouthpieces addresses what families should do to prepare for an emergency so that all family members, including furry ones, can get through a disaster safely.

  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • September 1, 2010

    Emergency Planning in a Post-Katrina World

    Animal shelters in nine jurisdictions in Northern Virginia have banded together to make sure that if disaster ever strikes their region, pet owners and their furry best friends will be able to seek refuge together.

  • July 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Kittens: Coming Soon to a Shelter Near You

    During the spring and summer'also known as "kitten season" to shelters and rescues'pregnant cats, nursing mothers, and kittens overwhelm facilities across the nation. Shelters have to take extra measures to protect young kittens from exposure to germs, and must provide them with a series of vaccinations, plus high-quality nutrition and proper deworming, to keep those mewing fuzz balls healthy.

  • July 1, 2010

    Field Trip: Hidden Blessings

    Despite facing Hurricane Katrina and an office fire, a Mississippi shelter survives and thrives enough to expand its spay/neuter efforts and other programs to benefit animals in its community.

  • May 1, 2010

    Field Trip: Parting the Waters

    The grand opening of the St. Bernard Animal Shelter in Louisiana is yet another affirmation that the hurricane-ravaged community is moving on.

  • March 1, 2010

    Canine Influenza Virus: Fact or Fiction?

    Canine influenza virus, which first grabbed headlines in 2004, is back in the spotlight, thanks in part to the release of the first canine influenza vaccine. How concerned should shelters be? What preventive approaches should they take? Miranda Spindel, the ASPCA's director of veterinary outreach, helps separate fact from fiction.

  • January 1, 2010

    Kicking Butt and Taking Puppies

    Want to help The HSUS put puppy mills out of business and find good homes for dogs who have never known anything but a wire cage? Check out our new Placement Partners program.

  • November 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: Scaredy Cat or Feral Cat?

    In the shelter, it's hard to tell the difference between truly feral cats and those who are tame but acting frightened and reactive. The way you handle these cats can make all the difference'with time and TLC, they will show their true colors.

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